How to Replace a Pennsylvania Marriage License

By Faizah Imani

A marriage license is a legal document that you will need to keep around to prove that you and your spouse are or were legally married. Over time, you might lose or misplace your marriage license. It can also become damaged or unreadable because of wear and tear. In such instances, it may be necessary to replace your marriage license.

Visit the county courthouse where the marriage license was issued.

Advise the courthouse clerk that you would like to obtain a replacement copy of your marriage license.

Give the clerk your name and the name of your spouse. Show a photo ID, such as a driver's license, state ID or military ID card.

Pay the fee to obtain your replacement copy of the marriage license. The exact fee varies by county. For example, as of June 2010, the cost for a certified copy in Montgomery county was $10, while the cost for a certified copy in Bucks county was $20. The courthouse clerk will advise you of the fee for your county.

Wait to receive your replacement license. You will receive it on the same day as your visit.

Alternatively, order a replacement marriage license from a website such as VitalChek, USA Vital or Vital Rec if you do not wish to visit the courthouse in person. The cost to order online will be more expensive because you are also paying to have the website do the legwork for you. When ordering online, you will generally receive the copy of your license within seven to 14 business days. The time will vary by vendor.

About the Author

Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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